Around the World in 14 Days

Hello all, and welcome to my blog!  My name is Kris Keppel, and for two weeks in May this page will be used to chronicle my once in a lifetime journey to Vietnam through the Plus3 program at the University of Pittsburgh.

For some background information on myself, I grew up approximately 35 minutes north of Pittsburgh in Sarver, PA, a very small, tight-knit community.  My mother also attended the University of Pittsburgh, so, needless to say, I was born and raised a Panther.  Here at Pitt, I am currently finishing up my freshmen year in the Swanson School of Engineering, where I recently declared as a bioengineering major on the pre-med track.

During my four years here in Oakland, I plan to venture out of my comfort zone and experience all that I can, which made the Plus3 Vietnam program a can’t miss opportunity.  Of course, one of the main reasons was because, like every other person involved with the Plus3 program, I love to travel.  Vietnam provides more than just an opportunity to travel, however, and that’s what sets it apart from the other destinations in my mind.  I chose Vietnam because it is simply so different religiously, culturally, and historically from all of the other locations, and I feel as though there will be very few, if any, opportunities in the future to go to such a unique place.

I am incredibly excited for this trip (even the 30 hours of travel), and I look forward to taking in all of the wonderful sights, sounds, and other sensations that Vietnam has to offer.  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll follow my journey throughout!

-Kris Keppel

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